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Tuchel prepared to oversee 9-man Chelsea clearout

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is prepared to oversee a major clearout of his squad this summer.

The Mirror says Tuchel is ready to get rid of as many as nine players when the transfer window opens this summer.

Striker Tammy Abraham, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, full-back Emerson Palmieri, center-backs Antonio Rüdiger and Fikayo Tomori, midfielders Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and striker Michy Batshuayi could all be moved on.

The loaned trio Barkley, Loftus-Cheek and Batshuayi will be allowed to leave. Tomori, meanwhile, is wanted by AC Milan, which have a permanent option.

Tuchel is said to like Jorginho, but the player has often expressed that he would like to return to Italy. The manager is not keen on selling the midfielder, but a good offer would convince Tuchel and Chelsea to release him.

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